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Istante at St Stephen’s Festival!

Baroquestock is hardly over and we’re already up to new adventures… We’re very happy to have been invited back to St Stephen’s Festival!!

Join us there for a programme of all-time favourites of the baroque repertoire!

June 7, 2017 – 7.30pm
Venue: St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RL

Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in g minor, RV157
Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060
Vivaldi 4 Seasons

Soloists: Christiane Eidsten-Dahl, Beatrice Scaldini, Claudia Norz and Nicola Barbagli


introducing BAROQUESTOCK

Catch us at the ecclectic BAROQUESTOCK feastival of early(ish) musick and food!!

We’re doing an impressive seven concerts in seven days! Here you go….

1. BeerBratwurstBach Round 1

April 23, 2017 – 6pm
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

Zelenka Hypocondrie à 7 concertanti
J.S.Bach Suite No.2

~ Beer and BBQ ~

J.S.Bach Brandenburg 5
Telemann Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth (Water music)
£10 / £8 students (£12.50 on the door)

2. Istante Ensemble conducted by Joel Sandelson

April 27, 2017 – 7.30pm
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

L. Boccherini Sinfonia in A major op.37 n.4
W.A.Mozart “E Susanna non vien..Dove sono i bei momenti” , recitativo acocmpagnato and aria form Don Giovanni

J. Haydn “Infelice sventurata” HobXXIVb:15 wirtten as an insert of Cimarosa’s “I due supposti conti”
W.A. Mozart Sinfonia in A major n.29 Kv299
£10 / £8 students (£12.50 on the door)

3. Pancakes and freshly brewed coffee with Haydn

April 29, 2017 – 10.30am
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

Haydn Quartet op.76 n.3 “Sunrise”
Haydn Symphony No.6 Le Matin
£10.00 including breakfast

4. Lunch with Haydn

April 29, 2017 – 1pm
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

K. Stamitz Quartet for violin oboe, viola, cello op.8 n.4
J. Haydn Symphony No.7 ‘Le Midi’
£10.00 including lunch

5. Dinner at the Esterhazy’s

April 29, 2017 – 7.30pm
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

M. Haydn Divertimento for violin, viola, oboe, bassoon & double bass
J. Haydn Symphony No.8 ‘Le Soir
£15.00 including dinner

6. Sunday Service w/Cantata

April 30, 2017 – 11am
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

Instante Ensemble directed by Maggie Faultless with guest harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall

Bach Cantata BWV 112 “Der Herr Mein Getreuer Hirt”

7. BeerBratwurstBach Round 2

April 30, 2017 – 7.30pm
Venue: Heath Street Baptist Church, London NW3 1DP

Bach Brandeburg 1
Telemann Concerto for 4 violins G major

~ Beer and BBQ ~

Telemann Concerto for 3 violins 3 oboes and continuo
Bach Cantata BWV112 “Der Herr Mein Getreuer Hirt”
£10 / £8 students (£12.50 on the door)

ISTANTE at ClassicAurora 2017

We’re very much looking forward to opening ClassicAurora 2017 with our programme “Oboisti e Oboismi”!

January 24, 2017 at 21:30
Venue: Circolo Aurora, Piazza Sant’Agostino, 52100 Arezzo, Italia



Nicola Barbagli – oboe
Beatrice Scaldini – violin
Paolo Cantamessa – viola
Bianca Riesner – cello

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Two concerts coming up!

In November you get the chance to catch Istante twice!
We’re putting on two Lunchtime Concerts at our beloved Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead!

The first concert features an all-time favourite with the audience; the famous Schubert Octet:

November 15, 2016 at 1pm – Schubert Octet in F major

The second concert will feature a popular piece by Mozart alongside some rarely performed repertoire by Michael Haydn and Paul Wranitzky including winds and strings:

November 22, 2016 at 1pm – Mozart, Haydn, Wranitzky

For more details visit our “Concerts” page.


Come join Istante at the St Stephen’s Festival!

Period-instrument ensemble Istante present a colourful programme of chamber works and suites by Italian composers who migrated northwards, towards Austria, France and England, bringing with them the musical taste and instrumental techniques of their homeland. Handel features as a central figure who absorbed the Italian style during his youth and championed it abroad to great acclaim.

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The reviews are in!

It has been an absolutely incredible weekend for Istante at the Hampstead Baroque Festival!
Lots of fun, great musicians, lovely people and exciting music making… A big heartfelt Thank You to John Henry Baker and Nicola Barbagli for organising this madness!

And we even received a great review from Andrew Benson Wilson for our All Bach concert:

To read the review go to

Of course we’re already in the planning stages for our next festival! It looks like we will tackle some classical repertoire in due course. So watch this space for news!